Oscars 2013: the early favourites
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Thanks to endless minor industry back-slapping events, such as the SAGs, the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes (which announced its nominations last week), we already have a fairly clear idea which films and actors will be fighting it out for the little gold men. But who are they?
On target? Jessica Chastain in controversial hopeful 'Zero Dark Thirty' (Credit: Rex)
The frontrunner: It’s a tough field this year and the slight favourite, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’, is jostling with three other serious contenders. First up is ‘Les Miserables’, which earned kudos from critics for eschewing lip-synching. Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but as a technical feat it’s definitely gong-worthy. Then we come to Bin Laden assassination epic ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. It’s an intense and technically flawless drama, but will the similarity to Kathryn Bigelow’s first Oscar winner ‘The Hurt Locker’, as well as a mildly controversial torture scene, dent its chances?
The dark horse: ‘Django Unchained’? ‘Silver Linings Playbook’? No… how about ‘Avengers Assemble’? Surprisingly for a spandex-fest, it not only made a river of cash in 2012, but earned rave reviews from critics. Remember, ten films can receive a Best Picture nod, so a nomination at least could be worth a flutter.
Convincing... Day-Lewis' unrecognisable as Abraham Lincoln (Credit: Rex)
The frontrunner:Daniel Day-Lewis is no stranger to acceptance speeches, and chances are he’s already got one planned for the night. He’s a heavy favourite for playing doomed president Abraham Lincoln and of course he’s already won two Best Actor Oscars already. Nominal competition comes in the shape of Denzel Washington, who’s emotional performance as a pilot with a drink problem in ‘Flight’ has been a bit of a sleeper – the betting odds slowly shortening. Then there’s Hugh Jackman’s surprising turn in ‘Les Miserables’. It’s definitely worth a nod - he did the tunes without lip-synching!